noun bi·son \ˈbī-sən, -zən\

: a large, hairy wild animal that has a big head and short horns

plural bison

Full Definition of BISON

:  any of several large shaggy-maned usually gregarious recent or extinct bovine mammals (genus Bison) having a large head with short horns and heavy forequarters surmounted by a large fleshy hump: as
a :  wisent
b :  buffalo 1c(1)
bi·son·tine \-sən-ˌtīn, -zən-\ adjective

Origin of BISON

Latin bisont-, bison, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German wisant aurochs; akin to Old Prussian wissambrs aurochs
First Known Use: circa 1611

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with BISON

BISONTINE Defined for Kids


noun bi·son \ˈbī-sən, -zən\
plural bison

Definition of BISON for Kids

:  a large animal with short horns and a shaggy mane that is related to the cows and oxen


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